Emergency Arbitrator Rules that Hyperdynamics is Not Entitled to Emergency Injunctive Relief

Feb 23, 2016, 06:30 ET from Hyperdynamics Corporation

HOUSTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyperdynamics Corporation (OTCQX:HDYN) announced today, that on February 17, 2016 the Emergency Arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), granted in part and denied in part the emergency relief measures requested by SCS Corporation Ltd. ("SCS").

On Friday January 8, 2016, SCS filed parallel actions in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and before the AAA against Tullow Guinea Ltd. ("Tullow") and Dana Petroleum Ltd. ("Dana") for their failure to meet their obligations under the Joint Operating Agreement and Production Sharing Contract in Guinea.  On February 2, 2016, SCS filed an Application for Emergency Arbitrator and Interim Measures of Protection and requested the following relief: (a) expedite discovery prior to the constitution of the arbitral tribunal; (b) provide that the time period permitted by the parties' arbitration agreement for the selection of the arbitrators and the filing of any responsive pleadings or counterclaims be accelerated; (c) require Tullow, as the designated operator under the JOA, to maintain existing "well-planning activities"; (d) require Tullow to undertake and complete certain planning activities; and (e) require Tullow and Dana to join with SCS in completing the negotiation of an acceptable amendment to the PSC and to agree to a process that will result in the execution of the amendment.

With the exception of limited relief regarding discovery and agreement by Tullow to maintain certain well plan readiness, the Emergency Arbitrator ruled that SCS is not entitled to the emergency injunctive relief it requested requiring Tullow and Dana to join with SCS in the negotiation of an acceptable amendment to the PSC and to agree to a process that will result in the execution of the amendment.  Further, the Emergency Arbitrator enjoined all parties to the dispute from pursuing parallel District Court proceedings. 

Hyperdynamics will continue to explore all options, but it believes that, pending final relief from the arbitral tribunal, it has exhausted all of its remedies in getting Tullow and Dana to drill the planned exploration well. The process of constituting an arbitral tribunal before the AAA has begun, but Hyperdynamics is unable to predict the timing nor the result of this proceeding.

About Hyperdynamics

Hyperdynamics is an emerging independent oil and gas exploration company that is exploring for oil and gas offshore the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. To find out more, visit our website at www.hyperdynamics.com.

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